Marquez denies Lorenzo to claim Austin pole

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez has continued his pole streak at the Circuit of the Americas despite the best efforts of Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo threw down the challenge to his Spanish compatriot with a 2:03.613s on his first timed lap, slashing seven tenths off his weekend personal best and undercutting Marquez’s practice benchmark.

Marquez, who has won each of the three Austin MotoGPs held to date from pole, ensured that Lorenzo would stay top for barely two minutes when he set a 2:03.188s the next time around.

Lorenzo was wasting no time in starting his second run just as the clock ticked past the halfway mark of the 15-minute Q2 session, and while he bettered his first effort by another few tenths it was not enough to dislodge the Repsol Honda rider.

Valentino Rossi finished the session in third, nearly four tenths off the pace of his Movistar Yamaha team-mate to move ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone in the final minute.

Iannone, however, will start the race from seventh due to a three-position grid penalty levied after taking out team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in Argentina.

Jack Miller is a scratching from the third race of the season after yet another crash.

The Australian, who crashed four times during the Argentina meeting a week prior, fractured the fifth metatarsal on his right foot in a high-side during Friday’s FP1.

Despite participating in each of the following practice sessions, the pain became too much and the Marc VDS entry was withdrawn prior to Q1.

Result: MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americans Qualifying

Position Rider Nation Team Bike Gap 
1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2:03.188s
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.069s
3 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.456s
4 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.725s
5 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.059s
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.077s
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.151s
8 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.191s
9 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.220s
10 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +1.297s
11 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1.800s
12 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati +1.971s
13 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha Q1
14 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati Q1
15 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati Q1
16 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia Q1
17 Michele PIRRO ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Q1
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati Q1
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia Q1
20 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda Q1

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